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Eddie Hearn wants to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK in December for the Conor Benn vs. Chris Eubank matchup.

Conor Benn-Chris Eubank has “a huge desire from both camps” to fight, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Despite Benn not having a license to fight in the UK, he has set his sights on December 23 and wants it to take place in Cardiff.

Thirty years after their dads Chris Eubank Sr. and Nigel Benn fought, the two were supposed to meet, but the fight was called off after Benn failed two voluntary doping tests.

Hearn said on BBC Radio 5 in real time, “We have every intention of making it happen.

Hearn claimed that Anthony Joshua, whose career he also supports, might appear on the card as well, but a bout with American heavyweight Deontay Wilder has not yet been officially announced.

The 27-year-old Benn has consistently maintained his innocence of willful doping.

The independent National Anti-Doping Panel removed a provisional ban imposed by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) in July, but Ukad and the British Boxing Board of Control are appealing that judgment.

Benn does not currently possess a license to fight in the UK while that procedure is ongoing.

Hearn claimed that plans were being made with Eubank’s promoter Kalle Sauerland for a “big show” on December 23.

“Our side with Conor Benn and the side of Kalle Sauerland and Chris Eubank want to move forward and make that fight,” Hearn stated.

“We believe that Conor Benn should be permitted and eligible to compete in the UK because of the circumstances surrounding the scenario with his ban being lifted and winning that lawsuit.

“The British Boxing Board of Control is on the line. Legally, in our opinion, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be permitted to compete in the UK, but that is their call.

He said that the Principality Stadium in Cardiff would serve as the fight’s venue.

“If we are not allowed to do that, we will hold the fight internationally but our preference of course is to bring that big fight to Britain,” he stated.

‘Look, if I’m not facing Deontay Wilder in January, I would rather like to fight in December as well,’ says Anthony Joshua, a fairly massive heavyweight. We’re trying to figure it all out, but to be quite honest, I think it’s highly improbable that we won’t perform on December 23.

“Will it showcase one of them, or will it feature all of them? I’m not sure, but there seems to be a strong push from the Benn/Eubank camps to schedule that bout for December 23.

In Florida last month, Benn defeated Rodolfo Orozco by a unanimous decision to win his first fight since the release of his provisional drug suspension.


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